Seth's Week 3 NFL Picks
Don't blink or you may miss the rest of the NFL season! Two weeks are already in the books as we move on to another fascinating week around the National Football League, headlined by Andy Reid's return to Philadelphia.
I'm 10-6 in both weeks so far, which is unacceptable! I'll try my best to get at-least 11 games right this week on a much easier picking slate.
Strap in everyone...week 3 is about to begin!
Week 2 Results: 10-6
Game Picks Overall: 20-12
Upset of the Week Overall: 1-1
Eliminator Challenge Picks: 1-1
Week 3 picks (Bold indicates my pick):
Kansas City Chiefs @ Philadelphia Eagles: Andy Reid returns to Philadelphia, Donovan McNabb gets his number retired, the Chiefs enter this game 2-0, and the Eagles high flying offense are coming off a disappointing home loss to San Diego. There is no shortage of storylines going into this Thursday night game! I don't think the Chiefs' offense will be able to score enough points to out-score Philadelphia's exciting offensive attack. Eagles by 7.
Green Bay Packers @ Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals secondary can be taken advantage of and I expect Aaron Rodgers to do exactly that this Sunday. The Packers defense actually has looked improved from last year so far and could get some pressure on Andy Dalton. The Bengals usually struggle vs contenders, and I'll believe that trend is over when I see it with my own eyes. Packers by 10.
Cleveland Browns @ Minnesota Vikings: Just 2 weeks ago the Cleveland Browns were a trendy sleeper pick. After losing Brandon Weeden to a thumb injury and shocking the football world by trading Trent Richardson to the Colts, this team is in full tank mode. If you think Brian Hoyer is beating this under-rated Vikings defense, you may need to be drug tested. Vikings by 13.
Detroit Lions @ Washington Redskins: Do you believe me when I say the Redskins secondary is bad after last week? Well guess what?...they play the pass happy Lions this week! This is the kind of week where you close your eyes if you're playing against Calvin Johnson in fantasy football. Lions by 7.
San Diego Chargers @ Tennessee Titans: Both of these teams have looked a little better than expected through 2 weeks. The Chargers offense and the Titans defense make for a fascinating matchup in the Music City. This game is so close that I had to flip a coin to decide who I'd pick. Titans by 3.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New England Patriots: The Buccaneers could easily be 2-0 right and the Patriots could be sitting at 0-2 if not for a few select plays. Things are already getting dicey in Tampa Bay but winning cures everything. I think Tampa Bay has very good upset potential here since their defense has played well and the Patriots offense has been mediocre. With all that said, you can't pick against Tom Brady at home vs a bad team. Patriots by 4.
Arizona Cardinals @ New Orleans Saints: The Cardinals may be without Larry Fitzgerald in this game. I do think the Cardinals defense is solid but can you trust them to shut down Drew Brees in the Superdome? The Saints offense is too much for Arizona. Saints by 10.
New York Giants @ Carolina Panthers: The loser of this game will be 0-3. The Giants offense needs to find a way to establish the running game so Eli Manning can limit the passing attempts. The Panthers could easily be 2-0 if a few plays go the other way but Ron Rivera is now on the hottest seat in the NFL. The Panthers may be playing for Rivera's job this week, and I think they come up just short. Giants by 3.
Houston Texans @ Baltimore Ravens: I know I'm biased, but I never pick against my Ravens. Aside from the smacking last year in Houston, the Ravens won all 7 all-time meetings with the Texans including the playoffs. Whoever turns the ball over the least will win this game. With Ray Lewis going into the Ravens' ring of honor, I think the Ravens play inspired and pull this one out in a close game. Ravens by 4.
Atlanta Falcons @ Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins are a deceiving 2-0. They have not played that well on offense nor have they faced the best competition. This will be Miami's first test to see if they are playoff contenders. I think the Falcons will expose the Dolphins and make big play after big play in this one. Falcons by 14.
Buffalo Bills @ New York Jets: The Jets are 6-2 in their last 8 meetings with the Bills. Both of these defenses have played pretty well so far and I think that is sustainable. These offenses will struggle all game long. This will be an ugly game that could go either way but I'll give it to the home team. Jets by 3.
Indianapolis Colts @ San Francisco 49ers: The Colts made a huge splash trading for Trent Richardson yesterday. I don't think Richardson will be much of a factor with only 3 days to study the playbook and will be facing one of the best run stopping defenses in the league. The Colts' offensive line will struggle to keep Andrew Luck on his feet all game long. The 49ers want to avenge their terrible week 2 loss and will win this one big. 49ers by 14.
Chicago Bears @ Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers offense just doesn't look right. Ben Roethlisberger doesn't look in sync with his receivers, the running game is nonexistent, and the University of Pittsburgh's offensive line is more reliable than the Steelers'. Both of these defenses will make this game low-scoring but I think the Bears offense is just much better. Bears by 4.
Oakland Raiders @ Denver Broncos: The Raiders aren't very good. The Broncos are very good. Broncos by 21.
Seth's Upset of the Week:
St. Louis Rams @ Dallas Cowboys: The house that Jerry Jones built just never seems to give the Cowboys a home field advantage. The Rams will test the Cowboys' suspect secondary all game long with their fast receivers. St. Louis will also constantly bring enormous pressure off the edges to make Tony Romo uncomfortable. If the Cowboys decide to run the football more, they can win. However, if they abandon the run once again, the Rams will win this football game. Rams by 5.
Seth's Eliminator Challenge Pick:
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Seattle Seahawks: Did you see what the Seahawks did at home last week? Did you see how many points the Jaguars have put up through two weeks? I think this may be the safest eliminator pick of all time!
That's it for today everyone. You can send me any fantasy football questions you may have @RavenNation21 on twitter. Happy Week 3!